Review of the Building and Construction Security of Payment Act 2009
The State Government has launched the next stage of a program to improve payments to subcontractors in the building industry with the release of a series of proposed changes for consultation.
Minister for Small Business, Martin Hamilton-Smith, has asked the Small Business Commissioner, John Chapman, to coordinate submissions on proposed changes to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2009 (the Act) and other initiatives to improve payment to subcontractors in the building and construction industry.
The Consultation Paper details the Small Business Commissioner’s recommendations to the State Government, which include that of the review of the Act undertaken by Retired District Court Judge Alan Moss. This review was tabled in both Houses of Parliament on 12 May 2015.
The proposed changes are set out in a three stage approach. It is anticipated that the expeditious implementation of stage one will result in a significant improvement in the operation of the Act and principal contractor behaviour. A heavier regulatory approach could be implemented by the Government under stage two, and possibly stage three, if the changes made under stage one fail to improve conduct in the industry and payment to subcontractors.
The consultation period closed on 19 August 2016.
The Small Business Commissioner will now review the submissions and prepare a report for the Minister for Small Business.
Submissions received are listed below, unless confidentiality has been requested.
The Moss Review can be found here, the Consulation Paper can be found here and the Building and Construction Security of Payment Act 2009 and Regulations can be found here.
View the Ministers News Release dated 17 June 2016 here
Anonymous comment received via the feedback page on the SASBC website
The comment in paragraph 24 of the Moss Report is understated. It is common knowledge throughout the industry that a builder will "Black Ban" any subcontractor who attempts to make a claim under the Act.